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Books on Fire

Annotation
Almost as old as the idea of the library is the urge to destroy it. Author Lucien X. Polastron traces the history of this destruction, examining the causes for these disasters, the treasures that have been lost, and where the surviving books, if any, have ended up. Books on Fire received the 2004 Societe des Gens de Lettres Prize for Nonfiction/History in Paris.

GenreNonFiction
History
Sociology
Religion
TopicsBook burning
Books and reading
Book collecting
Libraries
Censorship
Civilization
Religious groups
War